Project #170 | Holistic Community Development in Bangladesh
Our partnership with World Renew
Over 1 million people live in the urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. These slum communities are the result of informal, illegal, and unplanned growth, leaving residents without access to basic services. A community organizing system, the People’s Institution (PI’s), is beginning to aid and improve these communities and is looking to expand into new areas of Dhaka.
Such communities include Savar Upazila, where only 8% of residents are able to read and nearly 80% of young girls are married off before they get to finish school. In Tarail Upazila, only 33% of residents know how to read and 90% of children are physically beaten by their parents. These communities lack a formal leadership structure, therefore other communities exert power and authority over them. While many services are within their reach, they lack awareness, strength, and capacity to access what they need.
One Day’s Wages partnered with World Renew to empower these communities and help them have the ability to address their own needs through activities in leadership training, economic literacy, health, social harmony, and disaster risk reduction. The COVID-19 pandemic brought forth an unforeseen set of circumstances, but the PI’s were able to effectively respond to the new challenges by scaling up health activities, increasing the use of sanitary latrines, and access to clean water. They also worked with local governments and NGO’s to improve mask and relief resource distribution. Additionally, community members joined savings groups in order to increase household income, and peace agents were trained to raise awareness about family relationships, gender-based violence, and women’s and children’s rights. All new skills learned have and will continue to help communities increase their wealth, have access to clean water and sanitary latrines, and develop community leadership that will benefit them for years to come.
Our collective impact
Members Enrolled in Savings Funds
Families Drinking Safe Water
Meet Khokon and Sanuara
Khokon is a member of a men’s primary group. He has been running a tailoring business for many years and is known for the quality of his work. His wife, Sanuara, is in a woman’s primary group, and she operates a small business selling dry goods out of the same shop as her husband. They both received their business trainings through their primary groups and both were running well until the pandemic hit. Khokon’s tailoring business suffered as he was receiving less orders and could not sell his products.
The People’s Institution loaned Khokon 5,000 taka, which is equivalent to about $60USD, to re-activate his business. As COVID-19 declined, he was able to recover his loss and pay off his loan. Khokon and his wife are very thankful that they could save their business; their livelihood!
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.